YUCCA VALLEY ANIMAL CONTROL HOURS SHORTENED FOR THIS WEEKEND

Yucca Valley Animal Care and Control will open shortened hours from noon to 3 p.m. this Saturday only. Regular Animal Shelter hours will resume Tuesday. If you are missing a pet or want to reclaim your impounded animal, call the shelter at 760-365-3111 and leave a message with your name,

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OPPONENTS OF JOSHUA TREE DOLLAR GENERAL MEET SATURDAY

The opponents of a Dollar General store in Joshua Tree have called a community meeting for this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon at the Joshua Tree Community Center to discuss the options in going forward with regard to opposing the store now that the San Bernardino County Board of

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AUDITIONS FOR SPAMALOT SUNDAY AT THEATRE 29

Theatre 29 will hold open auditions this Sunday for the over-the-top comedy musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” Managing Editor Tami Roleff has the casting call….. Director Kathryn Ferguson and Theatre 29 have set auditions for the fall production of the musical, “Monty Python’s Spamalot.” This “silly-as-you-like-it” Broadway smash is a farcical

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COUNTY APPROVES $4.4 BILLION BUDGET, HALTS COMMERCIAL SOLAR

The San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors yesterday approved a balanced $4.4 billion budget and adopted an ordinance establishing a temporary moratorium on solar-energy projects. The 2013-14 fiscal year budget includes an increase of $151.1 million in the general fund, a portion of which will be used to cover retirement

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER GETS RADIOLOGY ACCREDITATION

Hi-Desert Medical Center has received a specialized radiology accreditation. Reporter Mike Lipsitz explains…… Following a recent review by the American College of Radiology, the Hi-Desert Medical Center has been awarded a three-year accreditation in computed tomography. Computed tomography scanning, or CAT scanning, is a noninvasive test that helps physicians diagnose

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HATHAWAY FIRE GROWS, SMOKE ADVISORY ISSUED FOR WEST END

With the Nearby Hathaway fire continuing to grow, the Mojave Desert Air Quality Management District has issued an Smoke Advisory for Yucca Valley, Morongo Valley and surrounding communities. Smoke from the Hathaway wildfire currently burning near the Morongo Indian Reservation in Riverside County could impact air quality in these

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LOCAL AIR QUALITY WARNING AS NEARBY FIRE GROWS

The size of the nearby Hathaway Fire that has been burning east of banning since Sunday has grown. Officials adjusted the burn area to 2,372 acres. Firefighters have contained 30 percent of the wildfire, according to the U.S. Forest Service. The Forest Service doesn’t expect full containment until June 25.

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION ALSO ACCEPTS CHANGES TO SENIOR HOUSING PROJECT

Following their discussion about the home-based occupancy permit for firearms sales, the Commissioners received an update about the Senior Housing Project. The project has lost some funding, and so the developer, National CORE, has had to make some minor changes to the product. While the number of apartments has remained

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PLANNING COMMISSION POSTPONES DECISION ON HOME-BASED GUN SHOP

Morality or legality; these were some of the issues the Yucca Valley Planning Commission wrestled with at its meeting last night. Neighbors came out in force to argue against issuing a home-occupancy permit for a gun seller in a residential neighborhood. Managing editor, Tami Roleff, was at the 3 ½

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MORE DETAILS ON MAJOR INJURY MOTORCYCLE CRASH FRIDAY

The California Highway Patrol has released the names of the three people involved in last Friday night’s head on collision on State Route 62 in Joshua Tree. Investigators say Rebecca Fletcher, 25, of Deale, Maryland, was riding the 2006 Suzuki sport bike in the eastbound left lane just east of

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PRESCRIPTION DRUGS BLAMED FOR MAJOR INJURY ROLLOVER CRASH

A Yucca Valley woman suffered major injuries after she rolled her car on Old Woman Springs Road Monday night; use of prescription drugs are suspected. Shortly after 10 p.m. Tammy Godden, 34, was driving northbound on Old Woman Springs Road when she lost control of her 1997 Ford Explorer. Her

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HI-DESERT MEDICAL CENTER BOARD EXPECTED TO APPROVE CAPITAL BUDGET TONIGHT

The budget is the main item on the agenda for tonight’s meeting of the Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Director’s. Reporter Mike Lipsitz fills us in on the rest of the agenda… The Hi-Desert Medical Center Board of Directors meets in regular session at 6:00 tonight in the Helen Gray

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NEARBY HATHAWAY FIRE BRINGING SMOKE IN TO THE AREA

The nearby Hathaway Fire has grown to 1,700 acres. Winds whipped furiously through the Banning Pass late Monday, making firefighters’ jobs much tougher. The wildfire was 25 percent contained by 6:30 p.m. last night. It’ll likely take a few weeks until firefighters fully control the fire. The blaze, first reported

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WE CLEAR THE AIR ON SOME YUCCA VALLEY DEVELOPMENT PROJECTS

Rumors have been circulating about construction projects in the Town of Yucca Valley. Yucca Valley Town Manager Mark Nuaimi cleared up the confusion. When the specific plan for Home Depot was approved, it included approval for about 35,000 square feet of retail development. In addition, the Town is expecting a

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YUCCA VALLEY PLANNING COMMISSION HEARS APPEAL ON HOME-BASED FIREARMS BUSINESS

A home-based firearms business in Yucca Valley is the first item on tonight’s agenda of the Yucca Valley Planning Commission. Managing editor Tami Roleff fills in the rest of the agenda…

An appeal of a permit for a home-based firearms business in a Sky Harbor neighborhood is the first item

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RECALL PROPONENTS DEMAND TO FIRE NUAIMI CALLED “LUDICROUS”

A Yucca Valley Town Council member has called allegations of willful misconduct “ludicrous” in response to a demand by recall proponents to fire the town manager. Recall spokesman Ron Cohen sent a letter to Z107.7 News in which he charges Mark Nuaimi engaged in willful misconduct, giving the following examples:

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ROAD WORK CONTINUES ON STATE ROUTE 62 THIS WEEK

A project to rehabilitate the pavement on State Route 62 from Yucca Valley to Twentynine Palms from Yucca Mesa Road to Bermuda Avenue continues this week with lane closures. The project will grind the existing roadway and replace with new asphalt. Lanes in both directions will be closed from Sun

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WOMAN INJURED IN MOTORCYCLE CRASH FRIDAY EVENING

A 24-year-old woman was severely injured Friday evening when her motorcycle crashed head on into a car on Highway 62. According to Fire Captain Dave Tuttle, about 7:50 Friday evening, the woman was riding her sport motorcycle eastbound on the highway when for unknown reasons, she crossed the double yellow

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WE TALK TO A MARINE IN AFGHANISTAN MAINTAINING THE VEHICLES

The mission of most Marines is to support those Marines who are those on the front lines. Marines and their equipment wouldn’t be able to get to where they need to be without motor transport operators, who not only drive the vehicles, but maintain them as well. Managing editor Tami

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TWO MEN ARRESTED IN STOLEN CAR IN TWENTYNINE PALMS

Two men were arrested Sunday afternoon when they were found in a stolen car. According to a Sheriff’s report, a woman in the 5800 block of Bagley Avenue in Twentynine Palms called police Saturday evening to notify them that Lawrence Casas had borrowed her car but had not returned it,

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